There are some stories worth telling…this is one of them.
There are many things our kids do, that make us wonder if they have listened to anything we have tried to teach them in life. My son isn’t a 4.0 student, he’s an all around athlete but never made State. But I have never been more proud of him than I am this week.
This is the story of the Varsity Basketball player and the shy, forgotten girl.
A few weeks ago a girl at my son’s high school started an interesting conversation with him. She told Brock that there is a girl who wants to go to Prom, but has no one to take her and TOLD him he should take her. My son had his Prom last year and it wasn’t exactly a highlight of his high school life, he’s more interested in the three pointers he’s made than a dress up night out with a girl. For some reason his interest was peaked and he asked more questions. That night, he came home and told me about the conversation. I immediately was touched by his giving the idea even a second thought and told him to ask his Dad what he thought. I usually tell my kids this as I am the emotional thinker and Randy is more practical minded. My emotions were stirred. I usually don’t think clearly when that happens.
It’s been almost a month since that initial conversation Brock had with his classmate. He would not let it go. For some reason he kept bringing it up and it was clear his mind was made up. Randy nor I prompted him one way or the other. My little boy has grown up into a young man of character and it was important that this was HIS decision.
This morning he went into the Special Education wing of the school and sought out a shy, dark haired young lady and asked her to Prom. She said ‘yes’ !
Tomorrow night my son, will dress up in his finest. He will not care if his classmates scoff or joke. He will give her a corsage, take her to dinner, take pictures with her and spend a short time at the Prom before taking her back home to her parents.
I am not writing this to glorify my son. I am writing it in hopes that it inspires others to be kind to people in their lives. In a time when the news tells of bullying and teen suicide…the answer is just so simple. Be kind. Be selfless. Not full of pity but respecting life in all it’s forms. Every girl deserves to go to Prom if she wants to.
I have never been more proud; that we raised a young man who sees the beauty in a simple gesture. I thank God for his life and believe this is just the first of many things he will do to change the world around him!